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National Planetarium (The)
NileGuide Expert Says:
The Planetarium aspires young Malaysians to follow in the footsteps of Malaysia's first astronaut.
Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory, Malaysia
The National Planetarium is part of Malaysia's space program. There are many hands-on exhibits and optical illusions to keep visitors occupied. Kids will find these especially exciting. Enter through a 'space lock' and find yourself in the anti-gravity room with an escape slide and a black hole simulator. Here you can get hands-on knowledge on the space shuttle and personally experience the zero gravity that astronauts feel when in space. A popular display is the Arianne IV space engine – one of the original engines used to launch Malaysia's first satellite, MEASAT 1, into space. There is also an Observatory Park which is equipped with a 14-inch telescope, through which you can view the entire galaxy and its planets. Also, make time to venture into the Ancient Observatory Park where you can find a replica of the famous Stonehenge and also get an insight into Chinese and Indian ancient observatory exhibits.